Atletico started charged-up & had occasions early as Valencia was uncomfortable & nervous. The Valencia defence was "sloppy" tonight & made lots of mistakes that allowed Atletico to dominate the ball & set up their many chances.
The first goal came via FALCAO in the 18th min & the equalizer late in the first half & against the grain when JONAS scored in the 45+2 min.
The second half was all Atletico as the team entered into grace with some spectacular play & goals. The second for Atletico came from a MIRANDA header in the 48th min, followed by a great solo run by ADRIAN in the 54th min & the fourth from FALCAO in the 78th min which was a gem right into the top corner. Unstoppable.
However, against the grain of events again Valencia grabbed a second ( & important ) away goal via COSTA in the 90 + 3 min to keep them alive however severely wounded.
|At Bilbao scores|
SPORTING LISBOA defeated ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO 2 -1 with a late goal streak by the locals which overtook Bilbao for a great comeback. Sporting played well & hit the "woodwork" in the first half in the 33 rd min.
The goals came in the second half when Bilbao went ahead via AURTENETXE in the 53rd min. But Sporting reacted lifted by the home crowd & INSUA equalized in the 75th min & DAVID CAPEL got the winner in the 80th min.
This semi will need to be settled in the 2º leg return match at Bilbao, an Athletic team with a valuable away goal.